Twin Cities janitors, security guards expected to OK strike vote

  • Article by: Justin Miller , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 7, 2013 - 8:33 PM

Contracts for both groups of workers expired Dec. 31.

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comment229Feb. 8, 13 6:58 AM

"It’s complicated to have a multiple number of companies bargaining at the same time." I'll translate that one for you.... Simply, these people working as guards and janitors and their families are not important enough for a few companies to make them a priority. I also would like a little more information about the proposals. If you know the fact that a strike is looming, there must be other details out there as well.

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test123456Feb. 8, 13 8:39 AM

The strike is unfortunate, the only ones that will win are the negotiators. The janitors and security guards will never recoupe the lost wages during the strike.

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kevinchavisFeb. 8, 1312:13 PM

The reason the negotiators are concerned about the Affordable Care Act is because they will have to insure their employees. Their current plan is to eliminate language in our contract guaranteeing a majority of workers are full-time. They would rather go the way of Papa John's, Applebee's, and other sad employers cutting wages and benefits. As a security officer downtown, I know that strikes work in our favor because we did so five years ago. We may lose some pay but we have received better raises than the stark alternative: suburban security officers have been stuck at $9 an hour without raises for those five years. Now, suburban security officers have joined our union because they can't afford to go backward each year. Janitors for Target making $7.25 have also joined us for the same reasons. We are workers who clean and protect properties for the wealthiest businesses in Minnesota. We aren't asking for a handout but only to be paid fairly with decent benefits. A strike isn't what we want, but we won't watch ourselves fall into poverty while working for those who can change such conditions.

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joe_mnFeb. 8, 1312:34 PM

Not good to strike over 50 cent wage issue. Every day off without pay takes 6 months to make up lost wages. Hard to do when your 55. Not much yrs left to recover

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viktorvaughnFeb. 8, 13 1:46 PM

Do we need people to clean and secure buildings? If we do, then these jobs need to pay enough to live on. Anything less is market failure.

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downtownandyFeb. 8, 13 1:46 PM

I read the entire article and all I took away was SEIU and their employers are not talking. Why would the article talk about the demands and the reason they don't have a new contract? Waste of my time.

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callmeronFeb. 8, 13 1:55 PM

Ooooh, the highly educated janitors are demanding higher wages. Too bad for them there are 11 million illegal immigrants in America that Obama and the Democrats can't wait to give amnesty and work permits to. Supply and demand dictates that wages of unskilled labor such as janitorial work will decline as millions of unskilled immigrants compete for those jobs. But don't worry, the janitors are flexing their mopping muscles to demand more money because an adult who refuses to get any kind of education or skills to improve themselves deserves more pay. Why go to trade school or college to learn some valuable skills when you can just form a union to extort money out of employers who were gracious enough to provide you a job when there are over 20 million unemployed? At least security guards can be in harm's way so they deserve decent pay. Not janitors. Anybody can vacuum a carpet.

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jcinmnFeb. 8, 13 2:43 PM

kevinchavis "The reason the negotiators are concerned about the Affordable Care Act is because they will have to insure their employees. " That's a poor excuse and more like propaganda. The ACA allows the employer to pay a fine of $239 per year per employee rather than providing health care coverage. This is the ONE reason that the ACA was not deemed unconstitutional.

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jcinmnFeb. 8, 13 2:45 PM

callmeron "Ooooh, the highly educated janitors are demanding higher wages. Too bad for them there are 11 million illegal immigrants in America that Obama and the Democrats can't wait to give amnesty and work permits to." Have you stuck around work to check out your cleaning crew lately? They're most likely Hispanics, Latinos and immigrants from the middle east. I'd be surprised if any of them make more than $7 per hour

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jcinmnFeb. 8, 13 2:47 PM

joe_mn "Not good to strike over 50 cent wage issue. Every day off without pay takes 6 months to make up lost wages. Hard to do when your 55. Not much yrs left to recover" If your figures are correct these people are making minimum wage which is below poverty level. Target et al should be ashamed to be profiting of the work of the poor of this country! it all justifies my boycott

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